Where Shall I Wander
New PoemsBook - 2005
A new collection of poetic works by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, and other honors includes "The New Higher," a treatise on the impact of a relationship in the face of intangibility. By the author of A Wave and Some Trees. 17,500 first printing.
A masterful collection from “the grand old man of American poetry” (New York Times)
You meant more than life to me. I lived through
you not knowing, not knowing I was living.
I learned that you called for me. I came to where
you were living, up a stair. There was no one there.
No one to appreciate me. The legality of it
upset a chair. Many times to celebrate
we were called together and where
we had been there was nothing there,
nothing that is anywhere. We passed obliquely,
leaving no stare. When the sun was done muttering,
in an optimistic way, it was time to leave that there.
--from “The New Higher”